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WOW! Flash Pass Gold prices?

Six Flags Great Adventure: The 'WOW!' was a bad thing. I might be going to SFGAdv next sunday, and I was checking out the prices for some additional things...

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 31, 2008 at 12:38 PM
THE FLASH PASS GOLD IS $71?!!?!? Jeez, that shocked me...

This is the exact thing from the website (in quotes): "Prices for The Flash Pass vary, depending on level of service and number of riders. Regular The Flash Passes are priced from $32 for the first person. Gold
The Flash Passes start from $71."

Ok, that's not what I was expecting. I thought that the flash pass (regular) was about $15-$20, and the flash pass gold was $30-$40 or something, but above $70?! I had no clue it was that much when some of you guys were telling me about the FPG.

Well, I'm not wasting my money on ONE DAY, so I'm goin' for the lines... (Is that really what you guys paid for that stuff?!)

Sorry, I overreacted. Just tell me how you guys get through it...


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Michael Brosse
Posted July 31, 2008 at 1:50 PM
If it were less expensive, everyone would buy it and it would defeat the purpose. It is expensive, but I was only going one day with my 7 yr old son and we wanted to hit every coaster multiple times without waiting on line (in the stifling heat); it truly served its purpose; I thought it was one of the greatest things. I hate lines and love to constantly ride coasters. So, for me, it was well worth the $120 or whatever it was. I saved $50 on the 2 for 1 (or, I guess $40 since I would've bought online otherwise), so I could rationalize it some that way too. They rip you off on parking and food/beverages too, but its all part of enjoying the day there. Frankly, I'd like it better if they had cheaper parking, food and drinks and jacked up admission some, but they'd never do that because most people are suckers and look mainly at the admission price and not the fact that they'll pay $12 for a burger and fries.

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 31, 2008 at 2:05 PM
When I was writing the article, I realized also why it had to be so expensive. IF I go, I'll probably only get a normal flash pass.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 31, 2008 at 2:19 PM
Yeah, get the regular. If you want to wait less than 30 min, get the gold. Being a Disney Fastpass person, I can wait an hour and do something else.

Still, its tough that it costs money.

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 31, 2008 at 6:32 PM
If you have a flashpass, and you wait in line 'outside of the line', can you also wait in another shorter coaster line that's less popular?
Like, lets say I'm waiting for Nitro, so I stroll over to El Toro. Will I still be able to get on Nitro if I get back in time?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 31, 2008 at 9:02 PM
In theory, yes.

I am not familiar with that park, but thats how it works at SFGA. Theory behind it is that people spend more time in stores and eating things. But yeah, you could do both if there is time!

From Eli Katzman
Posted August 1, 2008 at 7:22 AM
Yeah, 'cause if I buy a flash pass, and I'm going for Kingda Ka, I have to do all of the other crap first?! I don't think so!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 1, 2008 at 9:08 AM
If I am not mistaken, you can use the Flash Pass all day (so Kinga Ka to your heart's content). Its there so you don't have to wait three hours to get on a 3 minute roller coaster. Swipe the Flashpass and have lunch or go see a show or something. Its not too bad since you are guarnteed to go on the ride in an hour or so

From Christy Shuman
Posted August 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM
Flash pass gold was awesome. Yeah it was expensive as hell, but so worth the money. I only had 1 day to do the park too and it closed at 6pm the day I went. So the FPG worked great for me. The lines were 45mins to hour long and the longest I waited was 15mins for KK and DK.

From Michael Brosse
Posted August 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM
you don't actually "swipe" anything. you make a reservation on the unit and it tells you what time you can go to that ride; Gold and regular work the exact same way except that the wait time for Gold is reduced by 75%. Once you make the res, you can do whatever you want; you can go wait on a normal line for another coaster. You can go to the reserved ride at any time at or after your res time (so, if you're late, its fine); you just can't make another reservation for the next ride until you clear the first res. When you do go to that ride and the employee buzzes your unit allowing you into the ride, immediately make a res for the next ride you want to go on. With Gold, by the time you walk to the boarding area, get on the ride and ride it and walk to the next coaster (or even back to the entrance to the same coaster) your res time will be up for the next ride. No wait! We waited 7 minutes once for Kindga Ka on Wed. and no time for any other ride the entire day (other than the few minutes to get to the front of the boarding area). There is a separate entry for Flash Pass holders which puts you right to the loading area. Its awesome.

From Eli Katzman
Posted August 1, 2008 at 1:47 PM
You know what really bothers me, though? My normal park, SFA, doesn't have a flash pass gold, because of how unpopular the park is. Instead, the flash pass is only $20 or so and has the same value as a FPG. How insulting!

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